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King's Gambit Accepted (C39)
1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 g5 4 h4

Number of games in database: 989
Years covered: 1620 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 47.2%
   Black wins 38.0%
   Draws 14.8%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Blackburne  39 games
Wilhelm Steinitz  39 games
Adolf Anderssen  37 games
NN  27 games
Adolf Anderssen  20 games
Mikhail Chigorin  12 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858
Spassky vs Fischer, 1960
Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849
J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1863
J Matschego vs Falkbeer, 1853
Fitzgerald vs Loyd, 1877
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 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 989  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Greco vs NN 1-0201620Miscellaneous gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Lafon le Jeune vs Roussereau 1-0201680ParisC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. A de Lionne vs Lafon le Jeune 1-0471680CasualC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Cotter vs J Bruehl 1-0341788London m/7C39 King's Gambit Accepted
5. W Lewis vs NN 1-0121820CasualC39 King's Gambit Accepted
6. La Bourdonnais vs A D'Arblay 1-0241830FranceC39 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Kieseritzky vs Von Guttceit 1-0171832casualC39 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Mayet vs Von der Lasa 0-1461839BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
9. W Hanstein vs Von der Lasa 0-1331839BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Von der Lasa vs W Hanstein 0-1381841?C39 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Von der Lasa vs W Hanstein  1-0351841BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. C Stanley vs NN 1-0221841Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Kieseritzky vs J Chamouillet 0-1311842corrC39 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Von der Lasa vs C Jaenisch 1-0271842BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Kieseritzky vs J Chamouillet 1-0391842Paris m/1C39 King's Gambit Accepted
16. Kieseritzky vs I Calvi 1-0361842Paris 1_mC39 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Cochrane vs Captain Evans 1-0161843Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Kieseritzky vs E Rousseau  1-0261843Offhand GameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Kieseritzky vs E Rousseau  1-0381843Offhand GameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
20. Kieseritzky vs E Rousseau  ½-½441843Offhand GameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
21. A Mongredien vs R Gray 0-1141844LiverpoolC39 King's Gambit Accepted
22. C Vezin vs C Stanley 0-1241844MatchC39 King's Gambit Accepted
23. Dubois vs Moore 1-0491845RomeC39 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Von der Lasa vs Anderssen 1-0481845BreslauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
25. Bledow vs Crelinger 1-0191846BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
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Jan-05-05  ArturoRivera: oh, sorry, i didnt knew it was for chapters, i tought only three games were avaliable as notable for each opening.
May-22-05  johnqwoodpusher: Has anyone ever seen a line like this...?

1. e4 e5
2. f4 exf5
3. Nf3 g5
4. h4 g4
5. Ng5 Nh6!?

I played e5 on move 6. AFAIC, there are no games in the database in which Nh6 has been played, but it seems like an interesting move to me. It protects g4 and f7, so that the classic knight sacrifice on f7 is no longer feasible. I played e5 because it seemed to me I needed somewhere for my knight to go, and e4 seemed like the only place...Thoughts...?

May-22-05  azaris: <johnqwoodpusher> 6.d4 looks possible, targeting the pawn on f4 and x-raying the knight on h6. For example 6...f6?! 7.Bxf4 and now 7...fxg5 8.Bxg5 Be7 9.Bxh6 evens up the score.
May-22-05  johnqwoodpusher: Ah, yes, that's good. :-)
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  WTHarvey: Here's a collection of winning combinations in the C39 KGA:
Mar-28-06  DeepBlade: <WTHarvey> Great, you also have winning combo's in paricular openings, thank you very much!
Apr-23-06  kkg2225: I remember Fischer refuting kings gambit by black playing ...d3 to stop white's Ne5. Does anyone has his complete analysis?
Apr-23-06  ganstaman: <kkg2225> There is discussion and a link from this game: Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 to his 'refutation,' which is here:

<johnqwoodpusher> I like to play a slightly different variation (it may be well known, but I don't have any books on the KG and since I'm not a royal member I can only go so far with the OE). 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 h5 6. Bc4 Nh6 and 7...d6.

I've played that twice so far and won in under 20 moves both times. My opponents did make mistakes, but I think black is fine anyway. I also like to try to get in a ...Be6 at some point. Either white moves his B from c4, which takes pressure off of me, or white plays Bxe6, allowing ...fxe6 (and this takes off pressure and gives me my e-pawn back), or white plays d5 if he played d4 previously (and this locks us the center a little bit, giving me time to catch up in development.

In fact, I find that in almost any variation of the KGA, ...Be6 is a great move for those same 3 reasons. It's why I've decided to respond to 1.e4 with 1...e5 -- I just love playing against the KG and being able to get in ...Be6!

Apr-23-06  ganstaman: Oh, by the way, my favorite 2 lines from Fischer's article, showing just how strongly he felt about the KG being busted:

"At Mar Del Plata, 1959, I played 3...P-KN4 against Spassky, but this is inexact because it gives White drawing chances in the ensuing ending"

"Of course White can always play differently, in which case he merely loses differently."

Apr-23-06  ganstaman: I should also mention that I played black in these lines, in case it wasn't clear.

<1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 h5 6. Bc4 Nh6 and 7...d6.>

Also, I think the same idea works against 5. Ng5, but I haven't tried it out yet.

Oct-01-06  Doktorn: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 Be7 5.hxg5 Bxg5
Can someone explain to me why blacks position is bad and what move white should play here. Euwe claims 6. g3! and doesn´t elaborate, I guess misprint.
Oct-01-06  Kean: hmm, yes bxg5, g3, euwe is right, yes
Oct-01-06  Doktorn: Ok, but why? Can you show me a line or two on what follows?
Oct-01-06  Kean: dont take me serious, i was just bluffing :)
i play sometimes the kg, in many lines, but frankly i have never seen this one with Bxg5 and g3. though g3 is an old move wich opens h, remember that from anderssen games
Oct-01-06  sneaky pete: <Doktorn> In the original Dutch version of his opening manual Euwe recommends 6.d4 .. with g3 .. to follow. Black has no decent moves and white will at least recover the gambit pawn while keeping a central pawn preponderance. 6.Bc4 .. as played once by Blackburne also gives white an advantage.
Nov-24-07  bystander: At the moment, I am looking at the
Kieseritsky variation.
After <1.e4 e5 2. f4 ef4x 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Qe7> I cannot find anything attractive for white, for example: <6. d4 d6 7. Kg4x Qe4x+ 8. Qe2 Qe7> or <6. Kg4x Qe4x+ 7. Qe2 d5>

In both cases, I think black has better play ( ). Any improvements for white after 5..Qe7?

Nov-24-07  sneaky pete: <bystander> Maybe you should improve your evaluation. After 6.d4 d6 7.Nxg4 Qxe4+ 8.Qe2 Qe7 (or 8... d5) 9.Nf2 .. I would prefer white. Black doesn't even maintain his extra pawn.

After 8... d5 Steinitz played 9.Ne5 Nh6 10.Nc3 Bb4 11.Qxe4 dxe4 12.Bxf4 .. (1-0,33) against Lord Randolph Churchill (from an 1870 Oxford blind simul, not in this database).

Nov-27-07  bystander: <sneaky pete, nov-24-07> <after 1.e4 e5 2. f4 ef4x 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Qe7 6. d4 d6 7. Kg4x Qe4x+ 8. Qe2 Qe7 9 Nf2 I would prefer white>

9...Nc6 10. c3
I)10....Bd7/Be6 11. Bf4x O-O-O
II) 10..Bh6 11. Nd3 Bf5

I think, black has finished the opening without too many difficulties.And if you play king's Gambit, you aim to challange your opponent.

The positions are interesting (remind me a little bit of the Petrov), but in my opinion with slightly better changes for black.

Aug-14-08  myschkin: . . .

"Kieseritzky Gambit: A Patient Novelty"

Recent works on the King’s Gambit prefer the modern interpretation <6.d4> in the Kieseritzky Gambit (after 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6). ...

Jan-13-09  WhiteRook48: I don't think 4. h4 is really a gambit.
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  GrahamClayton: The 5...h5 variation of the Kieseritsky Gambit is known as the "Long Whip". Does anyone know how this variation received such an unusual name?
Jul-31-09  WhiteRook48: but 2 f4 is
Oct-01-10  rapidcitychess: OOTD is the Rice gambit. One of the most deadly gambits since the Barley Gambit!

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Nf6 6. Bc4 d5 7. exd5 Bd6 8. O-O

[bad FEN: rnbqk2r/ppp2p1p/3b1n2/3PN3/2B2ppP/8/PPPP2P1/RNBQ1RK]

8...Bxe5 9.Re1 Qe7 10.c3 f3 11.d4 Ne4 <Decoy and Destroy!> 12.Rxe4 Bh2 13.Kxh2 Qxe4

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Wouldn't call it the best attacking position for white here...

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day
Rice Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.♘f3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.♘e5 ♘f6 6.♗c4 d5 7.exd5 ♗d6 8.O-O

< rapidcitychess: OOTD is the Rice gambit. One of the most deadly gambits since the Barley Gambit! 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Nf6 6. Bc4 d5 7. exd5 Bd6 8. O-O

[bad FEN: [bad FEN: rnbqk2r/ppp2p1p/3b1n2/3PN3/2B2ppP/8/PPPP2P1/RNBQ1RK]] >

I think you mean this one

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the fen is this:
rnbqk2r / ppp2p1p / 3b1n2 / 3PN3 / 2B2ppP / 8 / PPPP2P1 / RNBQ1RK1

Sep-08-14  Amarande: <GrahamClayton> Probably from the appearance of the Black Pawn formation on the King-side (a naming idea much like, say, the Dragon Variation in the Sicilian, or the Stonewall).

<rapidcitychess> That might depend on who you are, it worked out just nicely for Marshall :) Marshall vs Von Scheve, 1904

(Then again, we're talking Marshall ... one gets the feeling that finding a position Marshall can't attack from is more or less impossible, and that you could probably replace his pieces with a cute kitten, a fluffy rabbit, and a group of ducklings and he'd STILL manage to evolve a mating attack. Well, unless he's playing Capablanca that is.)

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